Discover an Island rich in history, where dinosaurs used to roam, and where Queen Victoria had her holiday home.
The Isle of Wight is one of the most accessible islands off the coast of Britain, with 60 miles of dramatic coastline, plus hundreds of miles of signposted footpaths. It is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers dreaming of their next getaway, and beach-lovers are never short of places to enjoy the charm of the seaside. With a mild climate that tends to be a couple of degrees warmer than the British mainland, it has been named the UK’s sunniest staycation destination.
It offers a great selection of family attractions and historic landmarks, with great value accommodation for groups, couples and families, and welcoming pubs and restaurants with locally sourced food and drink – what more could you want?
With over fifty percent of the Island designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – there are miles upon miles of stunning coastline and beaches to explore, hidden coves and pretty walking trails, unspoiled landscape, clear waters and thriving wildlife. The landscape is in fact so special that it has even been acknowledged one of the very few places in the UK to be accredited as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The Isle of Wight is located just off the south coast of England and is less than 25 miles from east to west at its widest point and only about 13 miles long. Good transport links and frequent ferry crossings make this the ideal destination for visitors looking for a holiday or short break within the British Isles.
So, what are you waiting for? Say Yes to adventure, exploration, and an extraordinary trip. Say Yes to the Isle of Wight.
You may have visited the Isle of Wight many times before, but have you ever truly stepped off the beaten track and explored on foot…
With over 500 miles of footpaths, cutting through beautiful countryside or along a breathtaking coastline, the Isle of Wight is the ideal place to start your rambling adventure.
Helping visitors explore that bit further, every year Visit Isle of Wight hosts their Walking Festival, as a celebration of walking and nature.
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is an event for keen hikers, relaxed wanderers, and curious explorers alike. There are two events this year, a spring festival in May and an autumn one in October, each spanning nine days with over 60 bookable treks.
The Isle of Wight will take you on a journey of discovery across some of the UK’s best scenery, from rolling hills, quaint little villages and stunning sea views, you’ll be amazed at what the Island has to offer.
Whether you’re a beginner or a regular cyclist, there are around 200 miles of cycle tracks, byways and bridleways for you to explore.
Why not try the full Round the Island cycle route which covers 65 miles and can be shortened or split over a few days if you prefer.
If you’re looking for a challenge off the beaten track, then the Chalk Ridge Extreme is one for you. Test those leg muscles by tackling some of the steepest hills on the Island.
Or if you’re looking for a gentle ride on the Island exploring woodland, farmland, estuaries and a stretch of the Island’s fantastic coastline, then the Red Squirrel Trail is perfect for all the family to enjoy.
The Isle of Wight has a well-connected bus route that will take you right across the Island.
The Needles Breezer is one of the most spectacular bus rides in all of England, an open-top ride with views that will simply take your breath away. Enjoy a cliff-hugging, dizzy climb from Alum Bay right up to the Needles Battery, high up where the vistas out to sea are intoxicating.
The Downs Breezer follows a circular route through pretty countryside, across the tops of the Downs with views out into the English Channel, across the Island and further on towards mainland England.
With good access by train to each mainland ferry port, why not leave the car at home and take the train?
The South Western Railway (SWR) on the Isle of Wight is more than just a train line. It’s a gateway to adventure, a connection to history, and a chance to experience the natural beauty of this stunning Island. The train line operates between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin, serving Smallbrook Junction, Brading, Sandown and Lake stations along the way.
Or why not step back in time, where the sights, sounds, and smells of the golden age of steam transport come to life and hop onboard the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The beautifully restored steam engines, the carriages and wagons, and the stations and platforms all transport you to a bygone era when steam engines were the height of transport technology.
So, next time you’re looking for a train adventure, hop on board the South Western Railway or the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and let the journey begin!
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